Have you ever given yourself the opportunity to try something you didn’t want to try? Yep, I thought so; you don’t ever put yourself into sticky situations. I, on the other hand, seem to do that very thing all the time. And so it goes…
I had the opportunity to test the alcohol vs. the drowned electronic device theory that I wrote about in article #254 a couple of weeks ago. I call it a theory because somebody just told me about it, but I had never actually tried it. Until I actually try “it” myself – it is still a theory; I want proof.
Well, it is no longer a theory, it is a fact – it works!
My grandson was visiting the other day and if you come to grandma and grandpa’s house you will get dirty. My grandkids base how much fun they have had at grandma’s by how dirty they get (we have way too much fun around here!) Fortunately for the parents, I then bathe them and wash their clothes so that they can go home clean. (That way my kids will let their kids visit me more often.)
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to check my grandson’s pockets (silly me) and he had left his inexpensive, and yet very precious, new wristwatch in his pants pockets. Suddenly I had a pair of very clean pants – and also a very clean, non-working, watch.
What an opportunity! (Oh brother) I quickly decided to take the watch apart, dip it in alcohol, let it drain and see what happened. Okay, you know that I am not going to just sit and wait, so I started up my blow dryer and commenced to dry it. I must say that the alcohol does dry a LOT faster than water and guess what? The time and date started blinking! Of course I had to reset the time and date, but after I assembled everything back together it worked beautifully. (Whew! After all, how do you tell a six year old that you washed a watch that he is so proud of and has only had for one day?)
Now if I can just get my granddaughter to sit long enough to try the alcohol and pin curl trick…
Remember to always keep a good supply of rubbing alcohol in your food storage to use on wet electronics and to disinfect things. Another good item to have in your food storage is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is another product that is good for more than just one thing. Yes, it does help to clean wounds and get rid of the dead skin and infection from healing sores, but it is also a good item to use to remove blood from clothing and it can also help to whiten your teeth.
Hydrogen peroxide sort of eats blood (chemically I don’t know how it works; I just know that it does). If you accidentally drip some blood on a favorite outfit (from a nose bleed or something) then just rinse it with cold water and then follow up with some hydrogen peroxide. After the hydrogen peroxide has done its job, rinse it again with cold water. Repeat if you need to, but eventually the blood spot will be gone.
Hydrogen peroxide also has bleaching qualities, so be careful on what clothes or items you use it on. It is not as strong as bleach, but you still want to be careful.
And again, hydrogen peroxide has bleaching qualities and that can be a good thing if you want to whiten your teeth. Just mix a tablespoon or two of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of water and rinse your mouth out with it. Don’t use the peroxide at full strength because it is too strong for your delicate mouth tissue and don’t gargle every day because the peroxide, I say again, can be a bit harsh on the skin in your mouth. But if you use it every now and again, then it will help to brighten your teeth.
Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide – two easy to find and inexpensive items to add to your food/sundry storage list.